When watching a B-horror-flick, the old adage “patience is a virtue” is key to enjoying the works of this particular genre of film. Don’t get me wrong, when a movie is pure shit you can generally tell within the first 4 minutes. 2 if you’re good at spotting cinematic defecation. But as I said above, “patience is a virtue”, and you just might be surprised at how well a B-flick unfolds. This was the decision I faced within the first 2 minutes of Severed “Forest of the Dead”. In hindsight, I’m actually glad I opted for patience.
In Severed “Forest of the Dead”, an uber-powerful logging company, that just so happens to have a mysterious genetic research branch, is genetically altering the chemical composition of trees in order to increase their supply and their profit. Well, as is the case in every horror movie, things don’t end up going too well for them. A hapless logger cuts himself while…well, logging, and his wound accidentally gets infused with the seeping genetically mutated DNA of the fateful tree. And what kind of party would we have if that mutated DNA didn’t turn that logger into an infected, rabid, cannibalistic zombie? Never fear, it does. Soon the logging camp is transformed into a zombie apocalypse and the remaining blue-collar boys and some tree-huggin’ protesters find themselves banning together in order to survive the onslaught of man-eating, flannel clad, zombie loggers.
I have to admit, Severed “Forest of the Dead” took a second or two to get going, but when it did, it ended up being a pretty damn good ride. There were concepts in this flick where I wondered if they got their inspiration from Robert Kirkman’s incredible zombie comic book “The Walking Dead”. Yeah, the movie’s writer wasn’t exactly nonchalant with their political message, the zombie makeup isn’t exactly KNB Effects, and some of the actors are a bit annoying at first, but overall I felt Severed “Forest of the Dead” is worth watching. Their zombies don’t run, the story gets progressively better, and the gore scenes are decent with the budget they had to work with. Have patience, give it a shot, and let me know what you thought about it.